Celebrate Thanksgiving where the first historic gathering happened by heading to Plymouth, Massachusetts, about a 45 minute drive south of Boston. Here, you can truly experience history brought to life. At Plimouth Plantation, explore outdoor living exhibits, including a 17th-century English village, the Mayflower II, the Wampanoag Homsesite and the Plimoth Grist Mill. You can even enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner here, complete with roast turkey and all of the traditional New England trimmings – plus, Pilgrim role players and Native interpreters will greet you and talk about the 1621 feast that inspires today’s modern celebration.
In the town of Plymouth itself, an entire weekend of festivities takes place every year, with Pilgrims, soldiers, patriots and Native Americans all climbing out the pages of history books and onto the streets to bring stories of the founders to life. Friday night brings an illumination ceremony and a festival in the streets that includes a free concert, while Saturday features the historic parade, a chronological walk through the history of the nation with custom built floats, equestrian groups, fife and drum as well as renowned drum corps.